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The Autobiography of a 'Jeep' (1943)

The invention and use of a jeep are described, from the viewpoint of one of the vehicles.


, (uncredited)




Credited cast:
Claire Chennault ...
Himself - Talking to a Soldier in a Jeep (archive footage) (as General Chennault)
King George VI ...
Himself - Riding in a Jeep (archive footage) (as King George)
Himself - Riding in a Jeep (archive footage) (as General MacArthur)
Herself - Riding in a Jeep (archive footage)
Himself - Riding in a Jeep in Casablanca (archive footage) (as President Roosevelt)
Joseph W. Stilwell ...
Himself - Talking to a Soldier in a Jeep (archive footage) (as General Stilwell)
Wendell Willkie ...
Himself - Talking to a Soldier in a Jeep (archive footage)


A jeep explains how it came to be invented, and the tasks that it is used for. When the United States went to war, its motorized divisions needed a new kind of vehicle, the jeep, which was designed by the automobile industry. After vigorous tests, the new vehicle has now proved useful and reliable. Designed to do everything from crossing rivers to towing artillery, the jeep is in use everyplace that the Army goes. Written by Snow Leopard

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Documentary | Short | War






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24 July 2015 (USA)  »

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One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the National Archive and Records Administration. See more »

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Actors not marked uncredited are credited orally by the narrator. See more »


God Save the King!
Attributed to Henry Carey (1744)
Played for scene of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
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Works Much Better Than You Might Expect
21 September 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This surprisingly interesting short documentary works much better than you might expect it to, given its basic description as a military-produced promotional film about the development of the jeep. The production is solid, and the footage provides plenty of variety that holds your interest rather well.

The narrative device of using the vehicle's perspective was no doubt chosen to keep the subject light and upbeat. While sometimes a bit at odds with the tone of the actual footage, it usually works all right.

The footage itself is generally quite good, showing many of the reasons why the humble-looking jeep became such a fixture in the Army. The brief footage of public figures and celebrities riding in jeeps is also interesting. It does solid job of presenting what the jeep is all about, and along the way it also gives you an appreciation for some of the many hardships and risks that the soldiers using it had to endure.

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